Early Treatment

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At Huls Orthodontics, we believe everyone deserves the highest-quality orthodontic treatment. We pride ourselves in providing that treatment including all types of braces and Invisalign from our welcoming Monticello and Champaign offices. During this initial evaluation, your child may not start braces treatment and he or she may not end up needing braces or Invisalign treatment, but it’s important to visit an orthodontist to find out what might be in his or her oral health future. 

When Should My Child See An Orthodontist
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child receives his or her first orthodontic screening by age 7. By beginning treatment early, we are able to identify possible obstacles and fix them before they become more severe. This will save you and your child time and money by limiting future difficulties before they start.

Early interceptive orthodontic treatment has proven to be advantageous for our Monticello orthodontic patients. Because a younger child's permanent teeth haven’t stopped erupting, we are able to completely assess and address any approaching difficulties at the initial stage.
 
During your child's initial evaluation at either our Champaign or Monticello office, we will first determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed, such as potential crowding, open bite, overbite or gummy smiles. The Phase I treatment plan can include preventive, interceptive or modifying treatment. Orthodontic appliances may be placed to prevent a problem from occurring, correct a current problem or help direct jawbone growth. Multiple problems with tooth alignment, gums, jaws, and facial problems can be corrected with Phase I treatment.

Does Your Child Need Braces?

About 75% of all kids and teens have some type of problem when their teeth have grown in, so it’s not uncommon for your child to need metal or clear braces or Invisalign. Here are some signs that your child will need braces:

  • Early, late or irregular loss of baby teeth.
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting.
  • Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth.
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds.
  • Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth.
  • Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all.
  • Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face.

Early diagnosis and successful treatment of certain bite can have both short-term and long-term benefits. Even though adults also get orthodontic care, success is usually more predictable in a growing jaw and can be tackled early on.

Contact Huls Orthodontics Today

At Huls Orthodontics our doctor and staff are here to answer any questions you may have about your child’s oral health. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions or to make your first appointment for a consult with Dr. Huls. He’ll examine your child’s teeth and determine if your child is a candidate for early interceptive treatment and let you know if he anticipates any other common orthodontic problem. You can make your appointment for a free consultation by calling (217) 762-7313 for our Monticello office or (217) 352-4334 for our Champaign office. You can also use our online appointment form to schedule a time that is convenient for you. We look forward to creating your child’s beautiful, confident smile when the time is right!